Kenyan series Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers, which airs on the BBC World Service, has been nominated for the International Emmys in the News & Current Affairs category alongside other nominees from Brazil, Qatar, Russia, the Netherlands and UK.
The news was announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS), which recognises excellence in television produced outside of the US, as well as US primetime programmes produced in languages other than English.
Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers is a BBC investigation that was launched a month ago to investigate child trafficking in Kenya. It reveals the existence of a secretive but thriving illegal market for stolen babies.
According to the IATAS, the team infiltrated and exposed three prolific child trafficking networks that stretch from one of Nairobi’s poorest slums to one of Kenya’s biggest government hospitals.
Bruce Paisner, president and CEO of IATAS, said: “As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic and unrest in every place, access to reliable news is more crucial than ever. We salute the outstanding work and great courage of our nominees for reporting on difficult and sensitive matters, despite the global health crisis and many other obstacles thrown at them.”
The International Emmy winners will be recognised alongside their American news peers during an online ceremony on September 28.